Welsh Government invests £300,000 in forestry apprenticeship scheme

The Welsh Government has announced a £300,000 investment in a new forestry apprenticeship pilot.

The scheme will run over two years with a range of career opportunities. Teaching in tree felling, pruning, coppicing, wood chipping and re-planting will make up the training.

The apprenticeship will support up to 30 new forestry jobs.

Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan AM, will make the announcement at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

This investment in forestry skills and employment support is crucial if we want people to recognise forest and woodland management as a viable career pathway. We rely on the forestry industry to sustainably manage our woodlands and provide us with renewable resources, and that would not be possible without the right skills in place.

Eluned Morgan AM

It's hoped over the two year pilot, 30 new forestry jobs will be created. Coleg Sir Gâr in Carmarthenshire will teach the apprenticeship programme across South, Mid and West Wales.